ROCKLIN (CBS13) â Some local churches are providing religious exemptions for people who donât want the vaccine but feel forced as more jobs are starting to require vaccinations.
Through a church service shared live on Facebook, Pastor Gregg Farrington of Destiny Christian Church in Rocklin spoke out about the religious exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine heâs now offering to anyone who requests one from him.READ MORE: Dispatch Audio Describes Chilling Details of Boys' Alleged Attack On Own Mother and Brother: 'He Wants To Turn Himself In'
The pastor added that the church is pro-freedom, not anti-vaccine, and says saying heâs been approached by âhundreds of people who feel morally compromised by mandatory vaccination requirements.â
The church declined to comment on Sunday, but CBS13 has learned The Family Church in Roseville is providing similar exemptions.
Pastor Matthew Oliver shared what his churchâs vaccine exemption note looks like and says people have a right to their religious freedom.
âThey want the right to be able to choose what they are going to put into their body,â he said.READ MORE: El Dorado County Wildlife Rescues Seeing Influx Of Injured Fawns
So, do employers have to abide by these religious exemptions?
We asked labor attorney Mark Spring who says not immediately.
âThat you can simply say ‘Iâm morally compromised,’ or ‘I donât want to take the vaccine’ and they are going to hand you some form, that would not qualify in my view if challenged or tested by employer or government agency,â he said.
Spring adds employers donât have to take the form for face value and have a right to reasonably inquire or investigate that an employee has a sincerely held religious belief prohibiting them from being vaccinated.MORE NEWS: 4 People Taken To Hospital After 5-Car Crash On Highway 99 Near Galt
âI think we are going to see more of this,â he said.